Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen. Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both? Be amazed by the flavorful haze of this wonderful wheat beer.

15 IBU

Added by Jason on 02-03-2006

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Ratings: 1,689 |  Reviews: 663
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have a friend who loves Magic Hat beers but hates this one... I still struggle to see how that can be. For me Circus Boy is a top choice when it comes to Magic Hat. I had this for the first time back in March 2008 and I really enjoy it ever since. The beer poured out as a nice hazy yellow color, much like a Hefeweizen should look. The head was fluffy and white. The smell of the beer has a nice clove, banana, and wheat aroma coming off of it. The taste has the banana and wheat flavors through out the beer. I never tried this with an orange wedge but I'm sure that's pretty good too. The mouthfeel is light and creamy feeling, very drinkable summer brew. Overall I really enjoy it, I like having it on hot days or anytime for that matter.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a heffe glass. Straw yellow with some yeast haze but rather clear for a heffe. Decent 1 in head but not foamy.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy. Light malt notes.

Taste is lightly tart at first and sweet in the finish. Very crisp flavor. Little yeast is noticed like most heffes.

light body with good carbonation.

Overall it is a very crisp and refreshing beer but not on my top 5 heffe list that’s for sure… give it a try.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This brew was served on-tap at The Distillery in Victor, NY. It arrived in a pint glass, and boasted a pale golden color, a shade darker than a traditional hefeweizen. It showed a half finger head of white bubbles, with a nice fluffy quality. This disappeared quickly to leave little lacing. Carbonation appeared average, and a slight haze permeated the beverage. The aroma boasted big grains up front, again, darker than the standard wheaty varieties. Once this darkness cleared, the common grain with bitter pale wheat, and a wetter cloudy wheat surfaced. Behind these, even still, we found sweeter orange, and a bitter orange peel that mixed voraciously with a raw and further bittering coriander spice. As we sipped, the taste opened up with warm floury grain, paler malts, and wheat. Through the middle came cleaner, more defined pale malts, and that orangey sweetness, as was seen in the nose. The finish showed a peppery booze and spice, mild musk, and birch spice. The aftertaste was equally as spicy, with pumpkin spice, nutmeg, ginger, lemon rind, and adjuncty grain. The body was light and the carbonation was light. The feel to each sip was significantly watery, with no coating, cooling, or drying qualities. It actually falls quite flat. The abv was appropriate and the beer drank fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the spice. This become somewhat apparent in the nose, only to blossom forth in the flavor, and surprisingly even more so in the aftertaste. Where we lost huge points was in the mouthfeel, which was watery and rather undesirable.

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Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: wheat, bran, honey, and hops at the end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle spike at the end

Overall: A nice, smooth, sessionable wheat ale. I do like the taste of honey in this. I will look for this again.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on bottle and poured into a Hefeweizen glass. This beer has a very nice appearance with a cloudy golden body, very little head (one finger) that dissipated very quickly. You can tell and see the bubbles from carbonation rise up into the top of the beer. In the smell, you can tell hints of clean grass and citrus fruits, and a strong wheat aroma that ends with some sweet scents. Wheat is predominant in the taste, with some herbal grassy touches and very small hints of sweetness (honey perhaps?).

Overall, I was surprised at how good this beer was. A perfect example of a good American wheat beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank straight from bottle in reastaurant (offering only red Coke cups to pour so I opted to drink straight from bottle.)

Appearance - average..see above

Smell - average...see note above

Taste - Very mild. Refreshing. Some citrus kick and lemon notes. Wheaty and grassy. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light; somewhat crisp. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - This is a good, light summer beer that has some flavor to it without any hop bitterness. Says Heffeweisen on bottle but the classification on here is American Pale Wheat enjoy it for whatever its supposed to be.

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Photo of A1Sports
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle... just because it looks like a hefe, and smells like a hefe, doesn't mean it tastes like a hefe.

A: lighter gold beer with a thin white head. Cloudy like a hefe, but not quite as much, but close.

S: Not overbearing, but decent smell of wheat and citrus/fruit.

T: Starts out good, but quickly followed by an unexpected bitterness. It's not a bad taste, but this isn't a hefe. At first I did a double take because it wasn't what I expected, and didn't like it. However, it's growing on me.

M: Leaves a bit too much bitter beer taste in my mouth. Once you get over that, it's somewhat refreshing. --- After further review, I see BA got it right and they don't call this a hefe (it's not even if Magic Hat says so). However, for an American Wheat Pale Ale, it hits the mark. Compared to others in this style, it's good.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a hefe. Would I drink it if offered, absolutely! But if I was buying, I'd look for a better option before settling with this beer.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells malty and sugary, with an underlying citrus current.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strongly, though not overwhelmingly so. Especially present in the first stages of the mouthful are apple and apricot notes, as well as a slight hint of lemongrass--a citrus flavor that has to be tried to be truly understood. You can usually find stalks of it in well-stocked (especially Asian and Indian) supermarkets; pick one up and give a sniff. Sort of, eponymously, like a cross between grass and lemons. In this beer it's mostly the lemon citrus that comes across, though lightly so. It's paired well with a nice backing of malts, the wheat coming through particularly strongly to provide an earthy grain taste. In the latter stages of the mouthful the lemongrass comes across with greater strength, and the "grass" part even makes a brief appearance.

Don't let that drive you away, though; if you didn't know what lemongrass was, and didn't know it was in the beer, you'd never suspect anything. Instead, you would assume that you were just drinking a particularly nice, light, crisp summer beer. Because this is a good beer, and well-worth trying.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass at Benny's

A- Poured a a clear straw yellow with one finger head and lots of carbonation. Left no lacing

S- Light bubblegum and grainy smell

T- Lots of graininess, bubblegum, lemon, and some spice

M- Real smooth and good carbonation

O- An easy drinking beer that is a little too grainy for me to get this again unless it was a 95 degree day and the only refreshing option, but not a bad tasting beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a plastic cup. Date must have been rubbed off the neck, or wasn't printed.

Appearance - Cloudy pineapple yellow body. Thin white lace.

Smell - Slight Warsteiner muskiness hidden under some delicate wheat and fruitiness. Very mild.

Taste - Very mild. Refreshing. Some citrus kick. Wheaty and grassy. Slight stale musk which is quickly covered by a small rush of delicate flavors. Honey sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Very light; somewhat crisp. Refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Good summer beer. I dig it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grain notes as well as a little bit of pepper. The flavor is heavy on the lemons, oranges and wheat with some pepper notes. Easy to drink and actually quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Magic Hat beers.

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Photo of rrski198
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical murky dark yellow in color with a really nice thick merainge like head.

S: Heavy fresh citrus and a really pleseant does of the hefe yeast. I get more sweet fruit (banana) than any spicy clove. Really nice.

T: Nice sweet flavor up front with a slight hop bitterness that was quite surprising towards the end. There is a little spice to the beer that is quite welcome. Its like a Pilsner met a hefe.

M: Good carbonation for the style. A little spicy on the gums either from the hops, yeast or carbonation. Very crisp, refreshing and clean. Easy to drink.

O: Not to bad. I've had some real ho hum american hefe's and this isn't one of them. Has to do with the hop surprise at the back end that makes this one worth going to again when I need a nice refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz->Hoegaarden glass

A ~ Pours dark orange with a fizzy head that settles into a ring. No lacing.

S ~ Sweet Corn, Wheat-berry bread & not much else.

T ~ A melange of grains with a touch of hops. Bread crust & lemon follow through with a mild phenolic finish
that's akin to banana bread.

M ~ Gassy & a bit cloying. Started fine, but became a chore to drink as time went on. The carbonation was just too damn much.

D ~ Hefeweiss this is not, but a low-level wheat beer. I would not seek this out. It is so disappointing that the brewery itself is calling this "THE HEFEWEIZEN."

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Photo of mrseano
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, light golden/yellow. Fair amount of head that stays around for a little while, no lacing.

S: Wheat-citrusy, some small light spice (more grains of paradise-type than anything). Not clear, clean smell which throws off the scent a bit.

T: Good, interesting taste. Not the typically wheat beer, as it has more lemony/citrusy flavors than anything. Slightly sweet taste up front with a little hop tinge on the way down.

M: Light but refreshing. Lighter than many wheat beers, but oh-so-awesome on a hot summer day. Somewhat bubbly and frothy in a mouth swish, slight watery feel when drinking straight.

O: Solid beer overall. As far from a winter warmer as you can get, but would be absolutely amazing on a beach. Better than a couple other summery hef's I've had recently. Would buy again.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a pale, hazy, flat yellow-gold coloring with a thin, white, loose bubbled head that is steady at an eighth of an inch while you drink. Aromas are a jumble of fruit sweetness, all of which are fairly watered down. Smells include lemon zest, banana, pineapple, pear, and a little bit of spicing (maybe coriander, maybe grains of paradise?). Interesting. Flavors are watered down, also, and the body is limp and lackluster, with blend of bready characteristics, lemon zest, pear, some weak spicing. The aftertaste is like drinking the juice from a fruit salad. Quick, semisweet finish, watery and weak. The beer is extremely light, and great on a hot day. Not huge on flavor, though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a best by date of JUL312011. Pours a hazed gold color with a small off-white head (for a wheat beer) and minimal lacing.

Nose is lemony spices with a thick wheat accent. Not a bavarian hefe, that is for sure, it's missing the signature banana and clove yeast presence. The lemongrass helps this one stand apart from the massive and usually uninspiring American Wheat category.

This one seems to have a pretty decent hop schedule as there is a nice bitterness to compliment the wheat tang. Soft, lemony citrus flavors up front are followed by one of the stronger wheat backbones. Finish is pretty dry and bitter. It is pretty interesting to try, a bit different than your typical wheat beer. I dont think I will be running out to grab a sixer anytime soon, but I enjoyed my single well enough.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Freshness date marked, albeit small and hard to read, on neck.

"Gently roused" this pours an entirely hazed lite straw-yellow, with a *ton* of head. This settles down to a sticky ring. Nose is mineral and a lot of a specific potpourri-like spice that I can't quite place. Taste is a sour affair for a wheat ale. Lemon-grass and the aforementioned mystery spice round out the flavor. Finishes deep with some pleasant hops. Mellows out a bit too. Out-of-the-ordinary brew, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on July 15, 2011. This is the first time I have had a Magic Hat beer of any kind since the buyout. It pours a cloudy pale yellow with virtually no head. The aroma has a fairly good wheat quality with malt, spices and especially pepper. The body is okay and about medium. The taste also has a weak bitterness and a bit of a citrus zing.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into newly acquired Magic Hat Wacko pint glass.

A: Liquid sunlight. Circus boy has a small head that rapidly disappears. (ooh! aah!)

S: His nose is so small that you'd scarcely even notice it.

T: Pretty light and inoffensive. Tasty wheat bread character was the most notable thing, and only came out when I let it warm a bit. Hint of lemony goodness. Pretty sure I detected just the lightest touch of alcohol on him. Not surprising. Carnies drink.

A true showman, Circus Boy survived in my fridge for a week with no complaints. May have to let him warm a little more before enjoying his company. Seemed sort of dull and tasteless when still cold.

M: Medium and fizzy. Flies from the glass with the greatest of ease.

O: Fine example of his ilk. At least as refreshing as any other weizenheimer. This is a show you could watch all day.

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Photo of Lillie1128
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Terrapin Twilight pint glass.

A - Pours a nice pale amber color with minimal head.

S - Citrusy with some notes of straw

T - Light and citrusy with a hint of grapefruit and the tiniest bit of hops at the end

M - Smooth and light

D - SO drinkable!!

This is my favorite Hefeweizen. It is so refreshing and delicious! Perfect for summer.

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Photo of LuthersMug
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Peachy color, hazy. Head is large and impressive, off-white in color. However, this dissipates and there is little lacing.

S - Earthy grass type smell, some citrus hints as well.

T - Not that impressed, dull muted flavors. Wheat and grass are present.

M - Carbonation is decent, nothing jumps forward.

O - I like wheat beers, but this one was average for me.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.47/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a golden yellow body with a 2 inch white head that lays down to a thin lace. The smell is of wheat and lemon. The taste is citrus, mostly lemon with some wheat coming through. The mouth feel is great, easy drinker. Overall i really like this beer.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a long neck 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. It says "The Hefeweizen" on the label, but I think the 'Pale Wheat Ale' description here is more appropriate.

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a soft-white foam one finger head that didn't last long or leave any lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus and wheat with a very subdued sweetness. Where is the yeast and that typical banana, clove and bubblegum smell that good Hefe's have? It's not here.

Taste: Like it smells, wheat and lemony citrus up front, with little or no flavor from the yeast (and I swirled it all into my glass from the bottle). Not as sweet as it smells. Hefe's are simple to get right, and this one just misses the mark on the yeast. Based on all the good reviews here, maybe I got a six pack that was too old, or too young? But in any case, the Hefe yeast flavors I'm used to aren't here. Tastes almost like a Belgian Witbier more than a Hefe. Not terrible, but nothing special either.

Mouth feel: A little overly carbonated and thin for the style. Seems a bit watery, and there's none of that good yeasty creaminess I associate with good Hefe's.

Drinkability: It's not bad, but it's far from the best Hefe's I've had (and I drink them often). I was hoping for more from Magic Hat Brewing with this one. They should really change the label from Hefeweizen to 'Pale Wheat Ale'.

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Photo of gskitt
3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, head does not last. Scent is of wheat, and wheat. not overpowering. Taste is solid, wheat comes through, just a touch of malt sweetness but tart as well. A refreshing summer lawnmower beer. Mouthfeel: just the right amount of carbonation in this brew. Overall, a solid beer, 4.0.

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Photo of Dan3279
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a golden color body that was clear with a bit haziness. The aroma was mild with a hint of bread and grass. The taste was much better than the aroma. The flavors are more pronounced than the taste, you get the taste of bread, bananas and citrus. I enjoy the taste but doesn't pack the same punch that most wheat ales do. The beer is crisp and easy to drink, the carbination dances a bit on the pallet but it is still very enjoyable. Overall its a good beer that I really enjoy drinking in the summer.

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 29.2% out of 100 with 1,689 ratings
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